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Vettel tops FP3 in Italy

Sebastian Vettel heads a Red Bull 1-2 in final practice at Monza.

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in final practice this morning for Sunday's F1 2011 Italian Grand Prix.

Vettel's best lap was a 1 minute 23.170 seconds, which put him 0.364 seconds up on his Red Bull team-mate, Mark Webber, an ominous sign ahead of qualifying, where the Milton Keynes-based outfit will be looking to maintain the run that has seen them secure pole position for every single race this season.

Felipe Massa meanwhile was 'best of the rest' for Ferrari, just over a tenth off Webber, but more alarmingly almost half a second off P1.

Friday pace setter Lewis Hamilton had to settle for fourth for McLaren, just ahead of his team-mate, Jenson Button.

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were next up for Mercedes in sixth and seventh, the former the last man below the 1m 24s bracket. Fernando Alonso took eighth – more than three tenths off the sister Ferrari of Massa – with the Force India's Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta rounding out the top ten.

Further back Bruno Senna was again just ahead of his Lotus Renault team-mate, Vitaly Petrov, while Sauber's Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi and Williams man Rubens Barrichello held positions 13 through to 15. The virtual two-by-two pattern then continued with Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi 16th and 17th for Toro Rosso.

Of the rest Pastor Maldonado was 18th and then came the 'new' teams, Team Lotus men Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen leading the way, albeit over 1.5 seconds off the Williams just ahead.

Virgin and HRT brought up the rear, Jerome d'Ambrosio quickest of that quartet in his MVR-02, followed by Vitantonio Liuzzi, Timo Glock and Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo's best left him more than 7 seconds off the pace.

To see the full times from F1 2011 Italian Grand Prix - Free Practice 3 at Monza: CLICK HERE



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09.09.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
09.09.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
09.09.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 and Bruno Senna (BRA), Lotus Renault GP R31
09.09.2011- Friday Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
09.09.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
09.09.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7

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